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Updated Oct 12, 2021

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  1. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    Great job to work while going to school.

    Mar 12, 2015 - Head Lifeguard in Fairfax, VA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Flexible hours; Great staff; Amazing training so you'll feel prepared whenever you take the stand

    Cons

    Mentally draining some days and nights

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  2. 4.0
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    Fun for Most of the Summer

    Aug 30, 2021 - Summer Lifeguard in Reston, VA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    You meet a lot of new people, get great training, and a good workout.

    Cons

    By the end of the season, it can be tiring-a lot of people's last days come and go while they still need to be open

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  3. 1.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Don't expect much

    Oct 12, 2021 - Lifeguard in Oakton, VA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    - Okay-ish hours - Flexible scheduling

    Cons

    - Pay is pretty bad for how certified you are - Management will leave you in the dark about pay raises for other staff with the same qualifications as you

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  4. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Okay job

    Apr 29, 2021 - Lifeguard in McLean, VA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    -okay pay -usually not difficult -got to sit down for most of it

    Cons

    -had to jump in the pool with your clothes on for practicing CPR multiple times a month with no warning -management lied to me and told me if I got a certification I’d get a raise, and I did not -have to do in-water training 2x a month

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  5. 2.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    It is a very stressful job that is great for beginners but it will make you hate it after just a few weeks.

    Jan 25, 2021 - Lifeguard in Oakton, VA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    You get to use the pool and other facilities freely.

    Cons

    You are overwhelmed with work and you don't get paid for overtime.

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  6. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Structured Work Environment

    May 12, 2020 - Head Lifeguard/Pool Operator in Springfield, VA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Opportunities for mobility and leadership positions if committed, well structured and organized.

    Cons

    Progression can take a long time because of the struct structures and policies. High turnover rate

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  7. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    Lifeguard in McLean

    Feb 3, 2018 - Lifeguard in McLean, VA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    -Pay is pretty good for the work you do, well above minimum wage -Free facility use (pool, gym, basketball courts, etc) -you can work year round since pools are indoors -the customers are some of the nicest people you'll ever encounter

    Cons

    Your experience will vary from facility to facility depending on the managers, this is specifically about the McLean rec center. -constantly staffed at the bare minimum, if even one person calls out of their shift you will be understaffed and struggling to make up the difference -to make things worst, management will assign unnecessary busy work even though you're at the bare minimum of lifeguards -Supposedly you have access to the facilities across the county but I found that if was hard to get into the ones you don't work at because your manager would have to contact them to let them know you work in the county. They should just issue employee cards or something similar -if you don't work consistently then your hours will be given to someone else -I found at my rec center specifically that managers use "group punishment" techniques where if one person does something wrong, the entire lifeguard staff get penalized even though many of us are great workers -recently managers have adopted this mentality that lifeguards need to be doing something at all times. Even when you have 10 minutes down from the sitting in the chair, they'll find something for you to do -there is little differentiation between the high schoolers that work seasonally and the long time employees who have worked for years, you get treated the same unless... -you're one of the managers favorites in which case you get skip training and generally avoid all the menial tasks that everyone else gets stuck with -broken things take a lot of time to fix but this because the management at HQ isn't really slow about things

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  8. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Great First job/ First Manager Job

    Nov 14, 2016 - Head Lifeguard in Fairfax, VA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Entry level into the professional world, also it's a great skill-building environment

    Cons

    Sometimes there can be politics at play and the worst people get the best jobs, they could do with freedom to move up the ladder.

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  9. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Pros and Cons of a Life Guard in the Park Authority

    Sep 26, 2017 - Lifeguard/Shift Leader in Alexandria, VA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Always active, free to use facility once employed

    Cons

    It is stressful to watch over peoples lives, time consuming

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  10. 4.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Overall Great

    Apr 5, 2019 - Lifeguard 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Good pay and decent management

    Cons

    lots of chores as a lifeguard

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